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The Way of the Peaceful Warrior

A Book That Changes Lives, 20th Anniversary Edition
Paperback Book
H.J. Kramer
August, 2000
$23.00 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

This beloved contemporary teaching tale, now in a 20th anniversary edition with a new afterword and revisions by the author, is based on the story of Dan Millman, a world champion gymnast who journeys into realms of flesh and spirit, romance and terror, light and darkness, laughter and magic. Guided by a powerful, unpredictable old mentor named Socrates (whom Dan meets at the “Gas Station at Rainbow’s End”), he learns a way to maximize performance using a unique blend of Eastern philosophy and Western fitness to cultivate the true essence of a champion—the “way of the peaceful warrior.” Along the way he’s tempted by an elusive, playful woman named Joy, and led toward a final confrontation which will deliver or destroy him. In this book, Dan—and perceptive readers—will learn what it means to die—and live—as a warrior.

I’d passed through the gate; seen what there was to see; realized, high on a mountain, my true nature. Yet, like the old man who shouldered his burden and continued on his way, I knew that though everything had changed, nothing had changed.

I was still living an ordinary human life with ordinary human responsibilities. I would have to adapt myself to living a happy, useful life in a world which was offended by one who is no longer interested in any search or problem. An unreasonably happy man, I learned, can grate on people’s nerves! There were many occasions when I began to understand and even envy the monks who set up housekeeping in faraway caves. But I had been to my cave. My time for receiving was finished; now it was time for giving.

“Is it true? Maybe, maybe not. But it’s totally true in its ability to make you reflect on the deepest questions of life.” —Charles Tart, author of Living the Mindful Life



Among Dan Millman’s other books are Everyday Enlightenment and Sacred Journey of the Peaceful Warrior.

Publisher’s Description: 

Based on the true story of Dan Millman, a world champion athlete, this insightful volume explores the gymnast’s journey into the realms of romance and magic, light and darkness, body and spirit.

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